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Management

MySafe:LA is a unit of The Safe Community Project, a non-profit public benefit charity. The directors for The Safe Community Project manage MySafe:LA. This group of individuals bring expertise in fire suppression, emergency medicine, incident command, national, state, and local emergency management, communications, journalism, media, education, and training.

The directors for MySafe:LA are actively involved in the operational management of the organization as well. The organization’s ability to collaborate closely with the Los Angeles Fire Department, LA Unified School District, Department of Aging, Rec & Parks, and other partners is due to the ongoing dedication and contributions made by the organization’s directors.

Current Directors:

David Barrett, Executive Officer

Training and brand development expert, business CEO, award-winning filmmaker, founder

Steven Owens, Director, Treasurer

US Air Force NCO (ret), LA City Fire Captain, (ret), co-founder.

David Yamahata, Director, Special Projects

Chief Deputy, Emergency Operations for the Los Angeles Fire Department (ret.).

Cameron Barrett, Education Director, Video Producer

Former network news director, university professor, award-winning filmmaker, training expert, co-founder.

Harout Harry Semerdjian, Director of Government Affairs, Resilience Officer

Experienced governmental executive, advocate for human rights.

John Drake, Director, Peer Group Liaison

Assistant Chief, Deputy Bureau Commander, Operations Valley Bureau, Los Angeles Fire Department.

William A. Whitney

Experienced executive search expert, CERT trainer, and public safety officer, co-founder.

Select Past Directors:

Dean Cathey, Secretary & Treasurer (passed away on 5/27/18)

LA City Assistant Fire Chief (ret), former LAFD Community Liaison Officer, co-founder.

Margaret Stewart

LAFD Public Service Officer, former US Army Helicopter Pilot, Business Executive.

Wayne Johnson

LAFD Captain (ret)., community service expert, entrepreneur.

Jayson Johnson

LAFD Paramedic, director at the African American Firefighters Museum.

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